BACK FOREVER with Karen Booth





 For those of us who wanted to know what happened to Claire & Chris, the sequel to BRING ME BACK is here….BACK FOREVER.


The breakup that rocked Christopher Penman and Claire Abby’s romance was a painful test of their love. Now back together, they’re eager to embrace their future. Christopher’s band is making a run at it after a long hiatus. Claire lands a magazine job she never dreamed she could get. Only a ring on Claire’s finger and a baby on the way could make their new life more complete, and Chris is determined they’ll have everything they ever wanted.


But when Claire’s dad starts behaving strangely and her teenage daughter feels left out, Chris and Claire’s picture-perfect plans begin to unravel. Career demands, family strife, and a piece of devastating news send Claire into a downward spiral. Chris must help Claire find the good in all they’ve been through–they will have it all as long as they have each other, forever.




This is from Chapter One. Christopher and Claire are in the bathroom at her house, waiting for the results of a home pregnancy test.

“Hold my hand.” She reached for me, her fingers wagging. “We close our eyes and open them on three.”

“Deal.” I stood as she did, enveloping her hand with mine. My eyes clamped shut as ordered; she began to count.

“One…Two…Two and a half…”

“Very funny.”

She giggled. “Three. Open.”

I blinked. I focused.

There it was.

One blue line.


I caught the sigh before it left my throat. Sharing my disappointment would only make her feel worse. I tugged her into an embrace, pressing my cheek to the side of her head. My fingers trailed through her silky hair. “Weren’t we just saying how much we like trying?”

She managed a quiet laugh, but trembled beneath my touch. “I didn’t want to say anything, but I actually thought I was pregnant.”

The admission only made me hold on tighter, never wanting to let her go. She wanted this as badly as I did and I’d talked her into taking the test. “It’s okay, darling. Really. And it’s still early, right? We could do another test in a few days if you’re still late.” I choked back intruding tears. “I love you so much, Claire. That’s all that matters.”

“I love you too. I’m just ready for this to happen. I don’t like feeling like our life is on hold.”

“Do you really feel that way?” You know she’s right.Our life is on hold.

“Yes. I hate seeing that look of disappointment on your face. I want to give this to you and it hasn’t happened.”

“I don’t want it to be more important than us.” You’re all that matters.

“You can’t deny that you want this very, very badly.”

“I don’t want it as much as I want you.” Am I the most daft man on the face of the planet? Without another moment wasted, I dropped to my knee, which hurt like hell when it thudded against the tile floor. “Ow.”

“Chris, what are you…” She looked down at me with genuine puzzlement, certainly warranted as she was in her pajamas, me in my boxer shorts, both of us in the bloody bathroom for God’s sake. Not the most glamorous of settings, but I think it works. Her lips were lovely and pouty. Get on with it so you can kiss her.

I took one of her hands, but failed to catch the other before it flew to her mouth. Her deep blue eyes were wide with wonder.

I cleared my throat and took a deep breath. I had one shot at getting this perfect. “Claire Abby, I love you more than I have ever loved another human being.” The words left me feeling as though my heart might burst out of my chest. “You are the most extraordinary and wonderful and frustrating woman I have ever met and I want you to be mine forever.”

She gasped. A giggle leaked out of her.

“Did you squeak, darling?”

“Maybe.” Her shoulders shook, her eyes watered. “Please, go on.”

 I want you to be mine. Forever. Even if we never get to have a child together, I’m never letting you go. That is, if you’ll have me. Claire, will you marry me?”

Her other hand dropped and she smiled in a way that left her cheeks as full as ripe peaches on a summer day, mine for the picking. Her face was such a distraction that for a heartbeat or two, I didn’t realize she hadn’t yet answered the question. I wagged an eyebrow, hoping she had no defense for that.

“Well?” I asked.

“Shhh.” Her smile returned as soon as she relaxed her lips.


“I’m savoring the moment.”

“Why don’t we savor the moment after you give me an answer?”

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BRING ME BACK with Karen Booth and giveaway

First off, I want to thank Ivy for inviting me to guest on Manic Readers. So excited to be here!

Thank you for taking the time to visit, Karen.

Who was your musical crush back in the day?

My teenage musical crush was John Taylor from Duran Duran. I was obsessed with a capital “O” with him. No other man could compare, certainly not the boys in my school. He was cool and handsome and had a smile that knocked the breath right out of me. I also genuinely loved his band’s music, so it was perfect. Meant to be, right? There were photos and posters of him and Duran Duran all over my bedroom walls, always very artfully arranged. 

Now, I don’t know if you’ve seen a recent picture of him, but let me just tell you that Mr.Taylor has aged ridiculously well. I suppose that raw charisma never goes away. Perhaps it only improves as the years go by. Either way, he is still totally swoon-worthy. I got to meet him twice in the last year and a half and I’m very proud of myself for not fainting either time (although my friend Sara did, but that’s a story for another day).

It is important to note that JT is a part of the inspiration for my book Bring Me Back, which is about a music journalist who meets and falls in love with the British rock star she’d been obsessed with in high school. I had a dream about JT, more than ten years ago, completely out of the blue. I was married with kids at that point in my life and hadn’t pined for him in years, but somehow he wormed his way into my brain. I was left with the idea for my book.  

Lucky you and I’d love to hear that story!

You seem to lean toward Brits. Why?

It’s the voice. It gets me every damn time. I swear that a British man could deliver any bad news to me and I would be fine with it. Everything sounds better. Trust me. Imagine these things said to you by a man with a charming British accent:

“Your car is parked in a tow-away zone.”

“It appears you have made a grave error on your taxes.”

“I’m sorry to tell you, but that is not a mole.”

See? I’m a total sucker for that.   

I love an accent too…British & Scottish are my favorites.

Do you miss working in the music industry?

I don’t really miss it, although that was an amazing time in my life. That’s a job best done by a young and energetic person who is no way jaded. That certainly described me then and most definitely does not describe me now. There are many late nights spent in bars listening to bands that only you care about. This sounds glamorous, but it gets old, fast. The music industry has also changed so much since I left that I’m not sure what I would actually do. I was once a booking agent, and they continue to do well because so many artists depend on touring as their bread and butter. The problem is that being a booking agent is the worst job I’ve ever had. I definitely don’t miss that, although the money was nice. The last job I held in music was doing Film and Television licensing and I could probably go back to that, but it’s a lot of dealing with lawyers all day long. I would much prefer to write.

Do you still go to concerts and who have you seen?

I do still go to see live music, it just doesn’t happen anywhere near as much as it used to. I have, of course, seen Duran Duran many times, the first time having been 1984 and the most recent time having been 2012. The two bands I think I’ve seen the most are Soul Asylum and The Black Crowes. I used to work with Soul Asylum and they were my favorite band at that time, so I saw them any time I could, often a dozen or more times a year. My husband worked with The Black Crowes “back in the day”, before they were signed. He used to help them book shows and is still very close with the three primary members of the band. I’ve seen them at least thirty times and it might be more. 

In the last year, I’ve seen Duran Duran, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Afghan Whigs, Superchunk, The Roots,Jesus & Mary Chain, Built to Spill and The Backsliders, although I know I’ve forgotten something.

Have you become partial to Southern Rock?

 I really haven’t become a convert to Southern Rock—the Black Crowes are about as close as I get. I definitely never liked Lynyrd Skynyrd. I enjoy some Allman Brothers stuff. This doesn’t mean I don’t like bands from the South! It just means I’m not partial to that particular genre.

I was never a big Skynyrd fan & the Allman Brothers never did anything for me.  There were so many other Southern bands I enjoyed so much more.

How do you like the South and do you use fatback or bacon grease in your collards?

I love living in the South. The people are amazing and there’s such an incredible combination of old and new here. The weather is fantastic as well. I’ve gotten to the point where summer doesn’t bother me much at all. I’m ready for fall in October, but otherwise, the heat is fine. 

As far as collards go, I don’t use fatback or bacon grease. I make a stock using ham. It’s a method I learned from Mama Dip, who owns the best Southern cooking restaurant in Chapel Hill,NC, which is where I live. You dice about a cup of ham, cook it up in a pan until some of the fat has rendered out and then add water. Simmer for 30 minutes and take out the ham and toss it—it’s done its job. Add the collards to the liquid and braise on the stove top, covered. Salt and pepper to taste. I like a splash of red wine or cider vinegar on my collards before serving. Delicious!

Yep, I prefer the ham too & you can’t eat greens without cider vinegar, at least I can’t. Pa always added peppers to his vinegar, depended on the vinegar level how hot it was.

Thanks again for visiting, Karen.  I’ve enjoyed it!

Karen is offering one (1) lucky commenter a digital copy of one of her back list, winner’s choice. “Who was your crush back in the day?” No answer, no entry so do tell. 🙂 

Giveaway ends @ 12am est 3-15-13 with the winner announced shortly thereafter.  Good Luck!

My review of BRING ME BACK..

Music critic Claire Abby is a single mom dreading her daughter’s departure for college and worried that turning forty will leave her career running on fumes. She’s floored when she lands a Rolling Stone cover story on 80s British rock legend Christopher Penman. She spent her teenage years fantasizing he was her boyfriend.  

In person, Christopher is everything Claire feared he’d be—charming, witty and unwilling to address the rumors he’s dodged for a decade. Still, she contains her adolescent fantasies and manages to earn his trust, unearthing the truth and the devastating secret behind it. His blockbuster story is her first priority when she returns home, a nearly impossible task when Christopher starts calling and flirting. She knows she should maintain a professional distance. She knows she should focus on the story. She knows it would be best to simply walk away. But how can she say “no” to the man she could never forget?




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FENDER BENDER BLUES with Niecey Roy and giveaway


Is any of FENDER BENDER BLUES based on true life experiences, either your own or someone close?

A few years ago I was in a fender bender with a sexy guy in a suit, the difference being that the insurance exchange didn’t lead to great sex—I was married and eight months pregnant, so sexy guy in a suit was off limits.  I put my spin on things and gave the experience a better conclusion for a romance reader. 🙂 

Do you believe opposites have more sparks & excitement, relationship wise, or is two peas in a pod the way to go?

I find that opposites attract; at least they do in my stories! And opposites mean a lot of…differences, which leads to a lot of disagreements. I guess you could say a little bit of bickering, some annoyance and lots of sexual tension make for a good read. I hope! I try to make the characters believable, too. I like to give them every day problems that can really screw up a great relationship when not dealt with the right way. And who really handles every day problems the right way??? Sometimes, when you get two people who are perfect for each other, they figure it out and make a happily ever after ending.

Do you have a certain routine when writing of do you just go with the flow?

I go with the flow. And when the flows not going, I plot a little. When I start out writing a book, I usually have an idea that’s been brewing for awhile. I know in the end there will be a happily ever after ending, but the in-between is just as much a surprise for me as it is to the reader. I like it that way. I don’t like to plot too much. I do, however, realize it’s sometimes necessary in order to get to The End.

Thanks for having me on your blog, today! It’s been fun. I’d like to share with you my new release, FENDER BENDER BLUES, a romantic comedy novel.

“Classic cars, garden gnomes, and steamy romance? My kind of book!”

~Bestselling Author Kate Perry

Her life took a wrong turn. He’s driven by success. They didn’t count on crashing into love… 

Rachel Bennett loved her job until the day she finds herself doubting her choices.  Now she’s hunting for a new career, but starting over isn’t easy.  Her plan is simple—no distractions until she finds her dream job.  She didn’t plan on fate throwing her a curveball in the form of a fender bender with a sexy guy in an expensive suit.

Craig Larsen is a wealthy, successful business owner with a plan of his own: survive his current PR nightmare and stay away from his overly determined ex-girlfriend.  His need for control and personal success is turned upside down when he meets Rach, a sassy redhead who can’t drive.

Soon they find themselves battling with Rach’s grumpy old neighbor, toilet-papering the trees of a high school nemesis, and fighting over the last slice of pizza.  Can two very different people plus one fender bender equal a chance at forever?



“Now what?”

“Nothing.”Rach sniffed.

Craig shifted to eye her warily. “Since when do you answer me with single words?”

“Since I decided I’m not talking to you,” she answered with a shrug, crumpling up the white paper wrapper from her sub.

Craig leaned his face in close to her neck and enjoyed the startled jerk of her shoulders. Her eyes opened wide in surprise. His breath shifted a few strands of hair at the nape of her neck as he whispered, “Why, because you want me?”

“You’re incorrigible,” she said, breathless, her cheeks flushed.

She’s enjoying this. The thought pleased him. Rach was on her back beside him now, her eyes closed. He glanced around the park to see if anyone was watching. No one was. He could swoop in for a kiss and no one would catch him. No one would care, he told himself. She won’t mind

“I can feel you staring.”

Craig smiled down at her. “So what.”

She peeked at him with one green eye. “So stop it.”

“And if I don’t?” Maybe she’d tackle him, push him down on the blanket and…

She didn’t. She promptly closed her eye and went back to pretending indifference. “I’ll hit you, that’s what.”

“Not if I do this, you won’t.”

He’d only meant it to be a short kiss, but the pleasure of touching his lips to hers kept him there longer. Her tongue was velvet soft and warm against his and the slow mating of their mouths quickened his heartbeat even as he told himself, It’s no big deal, just a kiss.

She nipped his bottom lip and sent heat sliding through his body. The woman could kiss.

She whispered soft against his lips, “Now why don’t you admit that it’s you who wants me.”


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Fender Bender Bluesa romantic comedy

January 24, 2013 exclusive Amazon digital release

ComingMay 3, 2013everywhere

published by Wild Rose Press

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